Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good deeds and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven.

Matthew 5:16

Phase III Begins!

God has been so good to the MCS community and our new facilities now provide the ample space needed to expand our academic offerings in elementary and middle school. We step forward into Phase III trusting and believing all the Lord has ahead for MCS.

Building a firm foundation through Christ-centered education

Our vision since 1987 has been to provide students with an exemplary faith-based educational experience, developing their spiritual and academic strengths in preparation for high school, college, and their professional callings. As we transform our current campus into a thoroughly modern 21st Century learning environment for children, we will create spaces where our remarkable staff carry out the MCS mission in new and innovative ways, where students flourish and discover their God-given talents and passions, and where families find connection and belonging with other Christian parents. Perhaps most significant of all, our vision is to build upon MCS’s 33-year legacy as a leader in Christian education and establish a reputation that can serve as an exemplar for other schools, a model resource and training ground for best-in-class Christian education.

Our Core Values serve as guideposts for every facility improvement, academic program, spiritual growth opportunity, faculty hire and strategic decision.

  • Love for Christ
  • Exemplary Academics
  • Whole Child Development
  • Culture of Innovation
  • Connected Community

Bright Future's Phase I Dreams Have Been Realized!

  • 2 new TK classrooms
  • Exterior renovations and enhanced aesthetics
  • 6,770 sq. ft. Argyros Center for Worship and Performing Arts; retractable seating for 900 people; state-of-the-art theatre; versatile pre-function/reception; upgraded bathrooms
  • Living Legacy Athletic Center 
  • 2,400 sq. ft. Community Service and Prayer Garden
  • 8 new classrooms and 7 new learning spaces
  • 6 Arts Conservatory classrooms dedicated to arts education
  • 2nd story exterior walkway connecting Middle School classrooms to Arts Conservatory 
  • Upgraded Middle School locker rooms and Athletic offices
  • Elevator 
  • Structural supports required to cut windows into upstairs exterior walls
  • Code-required fire wall
  • 15 new parking spaces

God’s provision through generous donors! No Phase I debt!

Bright Future's Phase II Vision Has Been Realized!

  • “Classroom of the future” 37 larger, modernized learning environments throughout elementary and middle school, with flexible furniture layouts that have been design-engineered by our very own teachers for their specific grade level demands, next gen technology, and window installation in all exterior-facing classrooms.
  • Two brand new Maker Spaces stocked with equipment and resources customized for all grades to explore, create and apply design principles
  • Implementation of future-oriented whole school security system
  • Two open-air two-story Atriums, incorporating natural light throughout our campus
  • Middle school Commons Area for students to gather, collaborate, study, and build Christ-honoring friendships
  • Completely redesigned layout with widened hallways to significantly improve effectiveness and traffic flow on both floors including reclamation of 10,000 sq. Ft. in Middle School
  • Dedicated front entry stairway to easily access Middle School
  • New administrative Suite of Offices
  • New computer controlled LED lighting* throughout the building 
  • New A/C system* throughout the building which includes the capacity to install MERV 13 filters and is significantly more efficient than the prior system.  

         *Between lighting and A/C we are experiencing a 40% savings in our electricity costs.

With the completion of Bright Future Phase II, we're now able to implement academic programming we've been planning for several years. Additional classrooms, meeting rooms, and improved traffic flow allow these innovative programs to come to life, making a positive impact on all of our students across elementary and middle schools.

Look How Far We've Come!

The improvements at MCS have been incredible and we are so thankful for the ways our students have been enriched and strengthened in their learning experiences. We are so grateful for everyone that has given generously to make this dream come true!

See all that we have accomplished together:

  • 6,770 sq. ft. Argyros Center for Worship and Performing Arts
  • Living Legacy Athletic Center 
  • 2,400 sq. ft. Community Service and Prayer Garden
  • Two open-air two-story Atriums, incorporating natural light throughout our campus
  • 37 larger, modernized learning environments throughout the entire school
  • 8 new classrooms and 7 new learning spaces
  • 2 new TK classrooms
  • 6 Arts Conservatory classrooms dedicated to arts education
  • Middle School Commons Area for students to gather
  • Two brand new Maker Spaces customized for all grades
  • Upgraded Middle School locker rooms and Athletic offices
  • 2nd story exterior walkway connecting Middle School classrooms to Arts Conservatory 
  • Redesigned layout with widened hallways to significantly improve traffic flow
  • Dedicated front entry stairway to easily access Middle School
  • 15 new parking spaces
  • New administrative suite of offices
  • Elevator 
  • Exterior renovations and enhanced aesthetics
  • Structural supports required to cut windows into upstairs exterior walls
  • Code-required fire wall
  • Whole school security system
  • New computer controlled LED lighting throughout the building 
  • New A/C system throughout the building

Bright Future's Phase III and Beyond

Now that the physical modifications of Phase I and II are completed, we focus new attention to three critical strategic goals in Phase III. 

First, we plan to purchase flexible furniture to complete our modernized learning environments, enabling maximum opportunities for the individual student or group. This furniture can be strategically configured by teachers or students based upon varying needs to enhance and support our innovative academic programs and changing technology needs. Whether it is a new project that a class is tackling or a different grade level using a particular classroom, having flexible furniture means more options and more learning.

Our second objective is paying off debt which is crucial for long term sustainability. Our priority is to quickly pay off our mortgage and other obligations. Being debt free allows us to focus on other priorities, especially aligning our teaching salaries with the public schools.

Our third and final goal for Phase III is to expand our existing endowment fund to increase financial aid and scholarship opportunities. It is our heart to bless families and students who would thrive as members of this community but may be prohibited due to cost.

Key Strategic Goals:

  1. Purchase flexible furniture to complete our modernized learning environments
  2. Pay off debt to maintain financial sustainability
  3. Expand our endowment fund for student financial aid and scholarship opportunities

Our Core Values serve as guideposts for every facility improvement, academic program, spiritual growth opportunity, faculty hire and strategic decision.

  • Love for Christ
  • Exemplary Academics
  • Whole Child Development
  • Culture of Innovation
  • Connected Community

We invite you to join us in completing Phase III of the Bright Future vision!  

MCS Construction Committee

The MCS Construction Committee is an all-parent group of volunteers with deep expertise in all aspects of construction. This dedicated committee has met weekly since spring 2019 with the school team, our General Contractor and Project Manager to carefully execute our Bright Future Phase II plan. We're so grateful for this God-loving, prayerful, and resourceful group of parents.

Over the last two years, they've successfully done the following, all while staying within budget:

  • Continually prayed for MCS
  • Reviewed architectural plans
  • Reviewed operational, logistics, and contingency plans, including shifting all materials from China to Canada and Mexico during the early stages of COVID-19
  • Selected a construction manager
  • Prepared and sent RFPs to multiple general contractors
  • Reviewed bids and interviewed general contractor candidates
  • Selected Bogh Engineering, our general contractor partner
  • Reviewed legal documents
  • Refined plans and phasing options
  • Value engineered while maintaining the project's integrity
  • Worked closely with the Finance Committee on budget, funding controls
  • Worked tirelessly when COVID-19 matters impacted materials delivery schedules
  • Kept the community updated via written communication and social media posts

MCS is truly blessed to have such a dedicated and passionate group of parents guiding us in our Bright Future Phase II journey. Thank you!

Chase Emery

EVP Development Multifamily at Steadfast Companies

Co-Chair

Jason Kliewer

Partner and General Counsel at Trumark Homes

Co-Chair

Chris Childs

CEO at Childs Play

Greg Horvath

Principal at CDG Builders

Jim Jeffers

President at Pacific Tank & Construction

Keven Kroehler

MCS Chief Operating Officer

Mike McMillen

VP TRI Pointe Group

MCS Board Representative

Tim Mustard

Principal, Studio Director at TCA Architects

Meesh Pierce

MCS Board Representative

Bright Future Ambassadors

We're so grateful for our Bright Future Ambassadors. Their dedication and support truly help to make the MCS community connected and focused on Kingdom work.

  • Chris and Kaley Brandon
  • Chris and Jean Chung
  • David and Dana Fiori
  • Drew and Jaime Hoeven
  • Tim and Eleanor Tang

MCS's Mission & Core Values Remain Steadfast

  • MCS atrium
  • MCS sunny classroom with flexible furniture

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Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone 714.437.1700 • Fax 714.437.7976
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